Star Wars Confirms Why Darth Vader Didn’t Suspect Leia’s Existence

The Star Wars titles in Marvel Comics help Disney a lot to “unroll” gaps in the story and expand the narratives that were lost in the first trilogy of the franchise. And one that has been “corrected” in recent years has been responding to how Darth Vader knew of Luke Skywalker’s existence, but didn’t suspect his twin, Leia.

Just to refresh your memory, at the time, the Star Wars galaxy was unaware that the Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala, had given birth before her death. Most believed that Anakin Skywalker, a noble Jedi, had been killed by the villain Darth Vader, who also took Padmé’s life during the crossfire with Order 66 at the end of the Clone Wars.

As a result of what we saw in Star Wars – Revenge of the Siththe galaxy was nearly destroyed and the Jedi Order decimated when Order 66 pitted the clones of the Grand Army of the Republic against the Jedi generals, who were taken completely by surprise — and that includes many people who attended Padmé’s funeral, which was a big frame.

Commodex Tahn omits the fact that Amidala had a daughter, he only says that she had a son (Image: Reproduction/Marvel Comics)

This is revealed in Darth Vader #10, released in 2015, with a screenplay by Kieron Gillen and art by Salvador Larroca. Doctor Aphra, a scientist who works building droids for Darth Vader, arrests and tortures the undertaker Commodex Tahn, who was responsible for the burial of Queen Padmé Amidala.

He says that, in fact, what everyone saw at Amidala’s funeral was a hologram of her, pregnant. And even on the brink of death, Tahn had the wit to say that even though Amidala had indeed died, she had still managed to give birth to a child. That’s right, he didn’t say that the queen had also had a daughter.

Thus, even with the information extracted by Doctor Aphra, Darth Vader was unaware that he also had a daughter for a long time, and the big reveal about Leia only happened right at the climax of Star Wars – Return of the Jedi.

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